Pac-12 North up for grabs when Oregon hosts Oregon State

Thu, Nov 25, 2021
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Pac-12 North up for grabs when Oregon hosts Oregon State

Things to watch in Week 13 of the Pac-12 Conference:

GAME OF THE WEEK

Oregon State (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) at Oregon (9-2, 6-2): The Ducks will capture the North Division and a spot in next week's championship game against Utah with a win in their annual rivalry game against the Beavers on Saturday. But Oregon State won last year's game and has its own hopes for a division title with a win and a loss by Washington State. Oregon is looking to become the first team to reach three straight Pac-12 title games since it began in 2011.

MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

Washington State (6-5, 5-3) at Washington (4-7, 3-5): The Cougars can claim the North with a win on Friday and an Oregon State victory, but they haven't won the Apple Cup since 2012 and have a six-game losing streak in Seattle. QB Jayden de Laura had a career-high four touchdown passes in last week's win at Arizona. The Huskies have won the last seven Apple Cup games by at least 10 points.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Utah (8-3, 7-1) is looking to go unbeaten at home for the second time in three seasons when it hosts Colorado (4-7, 3-5) on Friday. The Utes have won 18 of their last 19 games at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Colorado freshman QB Brendon Lewis has thrown 108 straight passes without being picked off. ... Arizona State (7-4, 5-3) has five wins at home by at least 15 points going into Saturday's game against Arizona (1-10, 1-7). The Sun Devils won last year's meeting 70-7. ... Southern California (4-6, 3-5) needs to win its final two games to become bowl eligible. The Trojans host No. 13 Brigham Young (9-2) Saturday.

PLAYER TO WATCH

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is second in the conference in total offense, averaging 275.2 yards per game as the Bruins (7-4, 5-3) host California (4-6, 3-4) on Saturday. The Bruins are looking to get six conference wins for the first time since 2014.

UPSET WATCH

Stanford (3-8, 2-7) is looking for its second win over a top 10 team this season when it hosts Notre Dame (10-1). The Cardinal are the only team playing 12 Power Five teams during the regular season and have been held to 14 points or less in five of their last six games since beating Oregon.

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